Arts & Culture

Arts events this weeknd (Oct. 4)

‘An Evening with Samuel Ramey’

International opera star and Wichita State University alumnus Samuel Ramey will appear on Saturday with the WSU Symphony Orchestra for an event called “An Evening with Samuel Ramey.” He’ll perform several pieces, including four arias from his most famous role: Mephistopholes in “Faust.” The orchestra also will perform Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and Ramey will serve as narrator. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Miller Concert Hall inside the Duerksen Fine Arts Center. Proceeds from the event will go to the Wichita State Orchestra Touring fund. General admission is $7, free for WSU students. Tickets are available at the door an hour before the performance or at the Fine Arts Box Office in the Duerksen lobby from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 316-978-3233.

Block party for the ages

A Blast to the Past is the title of a block party that the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will put on at 204 S. Main from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event will feature food, music from the Southeast High School band and Pop and the Boys, antique cars and tours of the museum, including the City Hall clock tower. It also will feature actors portraying Wichitans past, and actor John Boldenow will deliver a speech at 1 p.m. impersonating John B. Carey, Wichita’s mayor in 1892. Admission is free. For more information, call 316-265-9314.

Grand signing at authors’ convention

The Kansas Authors Club is putting on its State Writing Conference and Convention Friday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn, 549 S. Rock. It’ll also feature 27 Kansas authors at a grand book signing from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday that will be open to the public. Gordon Kessler, Marci Penner and Ken Spurgeon are among the authors who will be signing. Penner, author of the “8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook,” will be the event’s keynote speaker at an awards banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Walk-in registration is available at the door and costs $55 for Saturday’s activities or $30 for Sunday activities only. For a complete list if events, visit .

Denise Neil